This week, we will move to the world of
contemporary drama. You may choose to read either Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun or August
Wilson’sThe Piano Lesson.
responses to the play you choose, I’d like you to compare and contrast as
1. The modern play andHamlet: Is the play you chose a tragedy, according to
Aristotle’s definition? What about according to the modern definitions of
“tragedy”? Why or why not?
2. The modern play andA Doll’s House: How is the play you chose to read
similar toA Doll’s House? How is it different?
If Ibsen is the
father of modern theater, what can we extrapolate about modern theater vs.
older styles of theater based on our examination of these three plays?